Well after last nights game, the Ducks needed a day to get it together. Well it looks like today was that day. One other minor note is that Mark Mowers cleared waivers and will now play for the Pirates.
Ducks Blog coverage of today's practice
“It was their practice,” Carlyle said. “My speech was more about how they’re going to be judged on how we perform tomorrow. We can’t change what we did last night. It wasn’t enough. We understand that. Now we’re moving to prepare for tomorrow. We felt giving them ownership of practice today was one of the methods that can lighten the day because we’re pretty down in the mouth about what happened last night.”
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The OC Register takes a look at the status of the Ducks
Nearly a third of the way through an 82-game, regular-season schedule, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has spoken repeatedly of the need to "play to a higher level," and his belief that the club possesses that capability.
General Manager Brian Burke has dutifully professed faith in this group of Ducks, only 10 days ago stressing patience while waiting to "see what the whole team looks like" after having survived a series of early season injuries.
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Ducks Weekly Report has been posted
NOTABLES: The Ducks have picked up 17 of a possible 24 standings points in the last 12 games and are currently second in the Pacific Division, four points behind the first-place Dallas Stars...on the road, the Ducks have won three of their last four games…center Ryan Getzlaf (6-6=12) enters tonight's game on career-high eight-game point streak (previous high: five games) while right wing Todd Bertuzzi is riding a season-high two-game point streak (0-3=3).
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Want your squirt or pee wee team to practice with the Ducks? Here is your opportunity!
For the second year, the Anaheim Ducks are giving local squirt and pee wee teams the opportunity to skate with Ducks players! All squirt and pee wee teams that play in a participating Future Ducks Rink Program rink will be allowed to submit one essay per team explaining why they feel their team deserves this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Squirt and pee wee teams only (travel and house).
• The Team Captain must submit the final essay. However, all team members are encouraged to give input.
• Essay must be received by January 1, 2008.
Please mail all entries to:
Attn: Lynsie Estes/Essay Contest
2695 East Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92662
*Please include the team name, coaches contact information and home rink.
• The winning team will be notified by January 7, 2008.
*Please note that you will not be contacted unless you are the winning team (the winning team will also be posted on AnaheimDucks.com on January 7, 2008).
• Teams can nominate themselves for an on- or off-ice accomplishment. It is entirely up to them (ex: community involvement, overcoming odds, winning a title, etc.).
• The winning team will watch the Anaheim Ducks practice from the stands and then head to the locker room for a quick meet-and-greet. The winning team will then take to the ice for an hour-long practice with Ducks players and coaches.
• Each member of the winning team will also receive a ticket to an upcoming Ducks game
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The Ace Bailey Got Skills Competition will be in January
The next edition of Ace’s Got Skills will be here in January! Last year’s edition saw four of the eleven youth players representing the Ducks come home with titles at the National Championships in New York City. Several youth players will hope to duplicate that success, taking the first steps at local competitions held in January.
The three local events will be held Jan. 10 from 5:45-8:45 p.m. at Anaheim Ice, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the Glacial Garden Skating Arena and Jan. 12 from 3:15-6:15 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace. Anaheim Ducks players Corey Perry and Kent Huskins will be present on the ice to participate and give instruction to participants.
The Ace’s Got Skills Competition is open to boys and girls ages 9-12. The competition tests skill level in five different categories: Skating, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Shootout and Goaltending. Registration is $20 and each youth only needs to compete in one local level competition. If they win a skill in that competition they qualify for the National Championships held in the spring. Participants are divided into 'Travel' and 'House' levels to create the most balanced competitive environment, and there will be winners at both levels.
Registration for this year’s event is available at www.acesgotskills.com or www.anaheimducks.com beginning Nov. 1st. After that date, anyone interested can also pick up registration sheets at the three ice rinks that will be hosting local competitions.
Launched in September 2004, Ace’s Got Skills is modeled after the NHL’s All-Star Super Skills Competition. More than 120 kids representing 17 U.S. states competed at the National Championships last year. They were winners of the 10 regional/local Got Skills competitions, which were held and hosted by NHL clubs during the past season: the Ducks, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals.
A portion of the “Ace’s Got Skills” registration fees benefit the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well being of children undergoing major medical treatment in hospitals. The foundation seeks to improve hospital programs, environments and professional services that reduce the stress of hospitalization for newborns, children and their families.
The competition and foundation’s namesake, Ace Bailey, played 11 seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years. He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings’ training camp.
For more information, visit www.acesgotskills.com.
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